Post baccalaureate, or post bacc programs for medical school, and (SMPs) are growing in popularity and in number in the United States. With these programs, and premed students who had a low GPA can take the courses required for medical school admission in one to two years.
In this blog, we provide a list of all available programs by state in the U.S. Additionally, we'll offer some tips and words of advice for choosing the best post bacc for you.
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Post Baccalaureate programs are useful for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree, however, do not feel they are strong applicants to medical schools, vet schools, dental schools or nursing schools for a variety of reasons including and unmet , or desire extra time to devote to gaining experiences highly valued by medical school such as clinical work or research.
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Post bacc programs are often one to two years in length and result in either a degree, certificate, master’s degree, or no additional designation. Due to the variability of possible designations, these programs offer both undergraduate or graduate level courses. For those with low GPA, it may be more effective to complete an undergraduate post bacc program as there is a higher likelihood to improve your GPA and potentially your science specific GPA should you complete a science post bacc program. Although your GPA may be improved by taking graduate level courses, not all medical programs include graduate level courses in their GPA calculation. It is important to check the medical programs you are interested in and determine if your GPA from graduate courses will be included in the calculation prior to enrolling in a graduate program for the goal of improving your GPA.
Some students enter university without considering medical school as their goal. If this is your situation, you may not have completed all the necessary pre-requisites required for medical school or the MCAT. There are particular programs that are catered to those changing career directions and provide MCAT support and/or academic advising for medical school. Other students may come from economically or educationally disadvantaged groups or visible minorities and certain programs cater to their economic needs with an aim of increasing visibility of in medical school. These programs also provide additional supports in applying for medical school including interview preparation, pre-requisite courses to increase your and application counselling. Lastly, there are others who may be considering a post bacc program to improve their GPA. These students may require additional coursework to boost their GPA to apply for medical school.
Career changers provide MCAT support, medical school admissions sessions and usually include pre-requisites for medical programs for those who may have not initially considered medical school as their career choice. There are multiple programs across the United States that cater to career changers, some of which are associated with the medical school. The programs vary tremendously between schools and offer a range of different topics including nutrition, health care delivery, pharmacology and premedical programs. The programs are both undergraduate and graduate level and may cater to different groups who are now considering medicine. For example, those who may have struggled early in their undergraduate studies but want to pursue medicine may opt for the undergraduate programs given the opportunity to improve their GPA.
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Others who may have excelled academically and may have initially considered other programs including a master’s degree, may opt for the graduate level to pursue thesis or course-based programs in their area of interest such as medicine, while also having the opportunity to engage in non-academic components of their applications such as , research or volunteerism. The range from 2.5-3.3. Some programs require admission SAT of up to 1200/1600 or a GRE of 1750, ACT of up to 24 or a GMAT of at least 50%. Most boast high for students who apply right after the post bacc, anywhere from 50-100% acceptance rate. Some of the programs are highly structured, meaning that the curriculum is pre-determined, and students do not pick any courses. Others are unstructured and provide flexibility in course selection. The programs range from twelve to 24 months in length. Some programs are reserved for US citizens and thus are closed to international applicants.
Alternatively, there are programs geared towards educationally or economically disadvantaged groups and those from visible minorities. These programs aim to improve diversity in medicine and offer opportunities to improve acceptance to medical school. Some programs focus on personal growth, shadowing and volunteer opportunities to enhance your medical school application. Some also provide specific seminars and MCAT preparation to enhance your academic performance on the MCAT further improving your overall success in medical school applications. The programs vary and some focus on pre-medical courses such as anatomy, physiology and/or biochemistry to enhance your subject knowledge, problem solving and academic rigor that some medical schools highlight. Given that they cater to those from economically or educationally disadvantaged groups, the GPA can be slightly lower, sometimes as low as a minimum of 2.5. Some programs require that you have written the MCAT, with scores at least 492 or a GRE score of at least 300.
Lastly, there are programs geared towards academic record enhancers. This group focuses on individuals who may see their GPA as their weakness in medical school applications. Most of the academic record enhancers are undergraduate programs, although there are a few graduate programs included. The minimum GPA accepted is similar to career changers ranging from 2.5-3.3. Some programs require applicants to have written the MCAT and score greater than the 40th percentile, the DAT above the 40th percentile or the GRE above the 40th percentile. Similar to other programs there are a variety of different programs offered including immunology, pre-medical, biomedical sciences or pharmacology. Most are limited to US citizens with some having preference over home state applicants.
To be eligible for a post bacc, your MCAT, DAT, or GRE score must be above the 40th percentile:
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You completed a non-science bachelor program and have not met all the medical school prerequisites required by your schools of choice.
For those who had other career goals and may not have considered medicine, choosing a career changer program will allow you to complete the pre-requisites for medical school, have seminars on MCAT preparation and medical school applications and may provide guidance on and shadowing experiences. All of these combined can help you accelerate your application to medical school. There are a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs to choose from and cater to your interests.
Improve a low GPA
If you do not meet the cutoffs for GPA in your schools of choice, considering an academic record enhancer program will give you the opportunity to improve your GPA. Oftentimes there are additional sessions for MCAT preparation and medical school application. Be mindful that some medical schools do not consider graduate courses in their GPA calculation. Please check your schools of choice on their GPA calculation format prior to engaging in a graduate program should your goal be to improve your GPA.
Develop complimentary skills and experiences to improve your medical school application
Medical school applications consider both academic and non-academic components in your application. Although students must demonstrate academic rigor through their GPA and MCAT, it is important to also consider the non-academic components such as shadowing, volunteer and . Many post bacc programs provide shadowing opportunities while others may provide guidance on your application including what may need to be enhanced. Graduate programs with a thesis component offer research opportunities that will allow you to demonstrate your analytical, collaborative and problem-solving capabilities and may also provide opportunities to get a from your supervisor for medical school applications. Depending on the project, you may be able to present your work, even if preliminary, or may lead to publishing opportunities, both of which can be highlighted on your applications.
Additional time for research or clinical based experiences
Research can allow you to explore your career and caters well to medical school applications and careers in medicine. Graduate programs with a thesis component are research focused and may allow you to network and collaborate with others in medicine. These unique opportunities can allow you to consider your interests and may lead to further collaborations as you begin medical school. Other programs, especially those for career changers or for those from educationally or economically disadvantaged groups also include shadowing experiences and may provide guidance on meaningful volunteer opportunities that may further increase your exposure to healthcare and medicine.
More time to prepare for the MCAT
The MCAT can be a daunting experience and requires many hours of preparation prior to writing. This exam can be more difficult if you have yet to complete pre-requisite courses in physics, chemistry, biology, sociology and psychology. Career changer programs, and some of the academic enhancer programs and economically or educationally disadvantaged programs include the pre-requisite courses and may also provide some seminars on MCAT preparation to best support your exam.
More time to prepare your medical school application
There are many components to include in your medical school application in addition to your MCAT and GPA. Many post bacc programs support the non-academic components of your application including that will bolster your application. Many programs also offer seminars on MCAT preparation for those who have not yet written their MCAT or who want to improve their score, as well as medical school application seminars that outline the process.
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There are many factors to consider when selecting which post bacc program to apply to.
- Consider your individual circumstances. Do you come from a disadvantaged group or a financially unstable background? You may want to consider programs that cater to your particular circumstances.
- Consider what your interests are. Are you interested in a research specific program, an interdisciplinary health program, a science program? Search for programs that meet your needs.
- Undergraduate vs. graduate program? Undergraduate programs are likely to help you improve your GPA, whereas graduate post baccs may offer more nuanced research courses, as well as quality improvement or education-based projects that will help bolster your medical school application.
- Where do you hope to do medical school? Becoming a student at your preferred medical school’s post bacc program may help your chances of acceptance as the admission committee members will be familiar with your candidacy when they review your medical school application. Some post baccs offer linkage programs that allow students to apply to medical school before completing their post bacc program. This way, you may begin medical school immediately after completing your post bacc as long as you meet the . Some post bacc programs are affiliated with medical schools and allow post bacc student to study with medical school students, exposing them to the medical program and allowing them to get to know the faculty and talk with the medical students about the process of application to best support your own application. Other programs offer a direct acceptance following the completion of the post bacc program if you meet the GPA and MCAT cutoffs.
- Consider your current academic performance. Some post bacc programs are highly competitive and thus may limit your options depending on your GPA. Make sure to check that your meet the post baccs’ admission criteria before you apply.
- What is the length of the program? Most post bacc programs are one to two years in length. Some include summer terms and others do not. When considering which program to choose, keep in mind that a two- year post bacc program will delay medical school for 2 years but may give additional time to improve/boost your GPA.
- Is it part-time or full-time? Part-time programs are less common, but they offer options of working, engaging in additional clinical experiences, or tending to life circumstances. However, they limit the option for GPA improvement and thus may not be as beneficial should that be the reason for pursuing a post bacc program.
Keep in mind the potential disadvantages of special master's programs and other postbacc programs:
There are many types of post bacc programs including career changers, academic record enhancers and educational or economically disadvantaged groups. There are also both undergraduate and graduate programs, which the graduate program may be either a thesis based or course-based program.
Given the variability of programs including graduate and undergraduate, the requirements also vary quite a bit. The general requirements include:
- GPA greater than 2.5, although some require a GPA greater than 3.3.
- MCAT, DAT or GRE and a score greater than the 40th or 50th percentile.
- CASPer. Some programs require students to complete the CASPer test other other components prior to applying for the post bacc program. If you have not written CASPer, you should keep in mind that this exam takes some preparation and must be scheduled ahead of time.
- Personal statements. Some post bacc programs require students to write a personal statement similar to medical school. These can take weeks to brainstorm and write.
- Residency. Most programs are limited to US citizens and do not accept international graduates although some do allow for non-US applicants. There are other programs that have preferential admission to in-state students. There are more than 270 post bacc programs in the United States. To best prepare for applying to a post bacc program, it is best to check out the for program specific requirements.
For more information on each program, please access the AMCAS website.
- University of Alabama at Birmingham: Master of Science Biomedical and Health Science
- The University of Arizona College of Medicine- Phoenix: Professional Studies in Health Sciences, Pathway Scholars Program
- Midwestern University: Master of Arts in Biomedical Science
- Arizona State University: Master of Science in the Science of Health Care Delivery and Master of Science in Medical Nutrition
- Western University of Health Sciences: Master of Science in Medical Sciences
- University of Southern California: Postbacc Pre-medical Program
- UC Berkeley Extension: Postbacc Health Professions Certificate Program/ Post Baccalaureate Accelerated Health Sciences Program
- UC Davis School of Medicine: Postbacc Program – focuses on students who come from financially disadvantaged groups with an aim of increasing representation in the medical field.
- UC Irvine School of Medicine: Postbacc Program
- UC San Diego Postbacc Pre-medical Program
- UCLA School of Medicine: UCLA Re-application Program / UCLA Extension: Premedical and General Science Studies Certificate
- UC Irvine: UCI Ayala Postbacc Pre-medical Program
- UC San Francisco: Masters of Science in Biomedical Imaging (MSBI) / Inter-professional Health Postbacc Program
- California Northstate University College of Health Sciences: Pre-Med Post-baccalaureate Plan
- San Francisco State University: Pre-Health Professions Certificate Program
- Scripps College: Postbacc Pre-medical Program – boasts a greater than 90% acceptance to medical school
- Mills College: Postbacc Program
- Loyola Marymount University: Pre-medical Postbacc Program
- California State University Fullerton: Certificate in Pre-health Professions Studies
- California State University San Marcos: Pre-Health Professions Certificate
- California State University, East Bay: Postbacc Pre-Professional Health Academic Program
- Keck Graduate Institute: Postbacc Premedical Certificate Program
- Chapman University: Postbacc program
- Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science: CDU Enhanced Postbacc Certificate Program in Pre-Medicine / Graduate Biomedical Sciences (Master of Science)
- Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: Master’s degree program in health delivery science
- University of Colorado Anshutz: Master of Science in Modern Human Anatomy
- University of Colorado Boulder: Postbacc Health Professions Program for Career Changers/ Individually designed Post-Baccalaureate Studies (Pre-Med, Pre-Dent, Vet, PT, PA, Optometry, Pharmacy)
- Regis University: Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences /Biomedical Genetics and Genomics Graduate Certificate
- Colorado State University: Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Master of Science in Toxicology / Assisted Reproductive Technologies
- Rocky Vista University: Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
- University of Northern Colorado: Master’s in Biomedical Science (online option)/ Master’s in Biology non-thesis (online option)
- University of Denver: Professional Science Master’s in Biomedical Science
- University of Connecticut: Pre-medical and Pre-dental Center
- Quinnipiac University: Medical Lab Sciences
- University of Delaware: Premedical Postbacc Certificate Program
District of Columbia (Washington D.C.)
- George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences: Postbacc Pre-medicine Certificate Health Sciences Program / Certificate in Anatomical and Translational Sciences/ Masters in Anatomical and translational Sciences
- Georgetown University: MS Physiology and Biophysics- Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program / Regular MS in Physiology / Special Master’s Program / PostBacc Pre-Medical Certificate Program/ Georgetown Summer Medical Institute
- American University: Post-bacc Premedical certificate program
- The George Washington University: MSHS in Medical Laboratory Science/ Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Blood Banking/ Post Baccalaureate or MSHS Laboratory Medicine Program/ MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology/ Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Clinical Chemistry/ Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Hematology/ MSHS in Translational Microbiology/ Post Baccalaureate Certificate or MSHS in Microbiology/Post Baccalaureate Certificate or MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences/
- University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine: Masters in Medical Science with a Concentration in Interdisciplinary Medical Science (IMS)
- University of South Florida: One-year Master of Science in Medical Sciences
- University of Florida: Pre-Health Postbacc Program (PHPB)
- University of Miami: Pre-Health Postbacc Program
- Larkin University: Masters of Science in Biomedical Sciences
- Florida Atlantic University: Post-Bacc Medical Pathway Program
- Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine: Graduate Certificate in Molecular and Biomedical Sciences
- Florida State University College of Medicine: Bridge to Clinical Medicine Program – focuses on students who come from financially disadvantaged groups to increase acceptance to medical school.
- Barry University: Graduate Biomedical Sciences (Master of Science)• Nova Southeastern University: MS, Biological Sciences with a concentration in Health Studies
- Mercer University School of Medicine: Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences / Master of Science in Preclinical Sciences• Georgia State University: Master Degree in Biology Medical Science
- Agnes Scott College: Post-bacc Pre-medical Program
- Emory University: Master of Arts in bioethics• Morehouse School of Medicine: Master of Science in Medical Sciences Degree
- University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine: Imi Ho’ola Post-Baccalaureate Program
- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine: MEDPREP
- Benedictine University: Master of Science in Integrative Physiology
- Rush University: MS in Biotechnology
- Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science: Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
- Northwestern University: Program in Public Health / Professional health Careers Pre-medicine Program
- Loyola University Chicago: Master of Science in Physiology / Master of Arts in Medical Sciences / MS in Infectious Disease and Immunology
- Illinois Institute of Technology: MS in Biology for the Health Professions/Post-baccalaureate premedical program
- DePaul University: Postbacc Pre-health program
- Dominican University: Postbacc Pre-medical studies
- Lewis University: Postbacc Pre-medical studies Program
- Midwestern University: Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences
- Saint Xavier University: Master of Science in Medical Science/ Post baccalaureate Certificate in Medical Science
- University of Illinois Medical College: Master of Science in Medical Physiology
- Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine: Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
- Indiana University School of Medicine: Master of Science, Pre-profession degree program / Master of Science in Medical Science
- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis: Pre-professional Non-thesis MS Program
- Iowa State University: One-year, non-thesis Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
- Des Moines University: Master of Science in Anatomy and Master of Science in Biomedical sciences
- Loras College: Postbaccalaureate Pre-Medical/Pre Health ProgramKansas
- University of Kansas School of Medicine: Health Careers Pathways Program: Post Bacc Program
- Kansas State University College of Veterinarian Medicine: One year Master in biomedical science
- University of Louisville: Postbacc Pre-medical Program/ Master of Science in Physiology
- University of Kentucky: Master of Science in Medical Sciences
- Louisiana State University Shreveport: Master of Science in Biological Science with a Health Science Concentration / Master of Science in Biological Sciences with Health Sciences Concentration
- Tulane University School of Medicine: One-year Masters Program in Physiology / Cell and Molecular One-year Masters / One-year Masters in Medical Genetics and Genomics/ Microbiology and Immunology / Biochemistry and Molecular Biology /Pharmacology / Two-year Master of Science in Molecular and Cellular Pathobiology
- Loyola University New Orleans: Pre-health PostBac
- LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health: Master of Public Health
- University of Southern Maine: Department of Biology
- University of Maryland: Science in the Evening
- Johns Hopkins University: Post-bacc Premedical Program / Post-bacc Health Science Intensive Program /Master of Health Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – boasts a 90% success in medical school acceptance and offer support in medical school applications
- Goucher College: Post-bacc Premedical Program – boasts medical school acceptance of 90% or greater. They also provide support in medical school applications.
- Worcester State University: Post-bacc Pre-medical Program
- University of Massachusetts Dartmouth: Pre-Health Certificate
- Tufts University: Post-bacc Pre-medical program / MS in Biomedical Sciences – offers a greater than 90% acceptance to medical school. The masters program allows you to take master’s level courses at times with medical students which can support your application as they can compare your performance to current medical students. This can be positive should you do well and negatively if you struggle.
- Mount Holyoke College: Post-bacc Pre-health Program
- MGH Institute of Health professions: Pre-req for the Healthcare Professions
- Harvard Medical School: Master of Medical Sciences in Immunology
- Harvard University Division of Continuing Education: Premedical program
- Boston University: Post-bacc certificate in Pre-Medical Studies / Master of Science in Medical Sciences Program
- Brandeis University: Post-bacc Premedical Program
- Elms College: Post-bacc Premedical Studies Certificate Program / Masters in Biomedical Sciences
- Wellesley College: Postbaccalaureate Study Program
- University of Michigan Medical School: MS Program in Physiology/ Post-bacc MEDPREP
- Michigan State University: Medical Neuroscience
- Lawrence Technological University: Post-Bacc Certificate in Pre-medical Studies
- Wayne State University: PreMedical Post Baccalaureate Program
- Northwestern Health Sciences University: Post-bacc Pre-health
- Concordia College: Post baccalaureate premedical program
- Northwestern Health Sciences University: Postbaccalaureate Pre-health
- William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine: Master of Biomedical Science• University of Mississippi Medical Center: Masters of Science in Biomedical Sciences
- Mississippi College: Masters of Medical Sciences / Health Science Certificate Program
- Avila University: Post-bacc Program
- Washington University in St Louis: Post-bacc Pre-medical program
- Rockhurst University: Post-bacc Premedical program
- St Louis University: Medical Anatomy and Physiology Prep Program (MAPP)
- Montana State University: Post-bacc Pre-medical Certificate / Master of Science in Health Science
- Saint Louis University: Medical Anatomy & Physiology Certificate Program
- UMKC College of Arts and Sciences: Pre-Health Program
- Washington University in St. Louis: Post Baccalaureate Premedical Program
Creighton University: Pre-medical Post-bacc
- University of Nevada School of Medicine: Post-bacc Program
- Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth: The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice
- William Paterson University: Post-bacc Pre-medical Program
- UMDNJ GSBS-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School: Master of Biomedical Sciences
- Rider University: Post-bacc Pre-medical Studies
- Rutgers University New Brunswick: Post-bacc Pre-health Program / Masters in Biomedical Sciences
- Farleigh Dickinson University: Gateway to Professional Studies Master of Health Science
- Cooper Medical School of Rowan University: Advanced Pre-medical Studies Post-bacc Program
- Drew University: Pre-medical Preparation Program
- Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine: Foundations in Biomedical Science
- University of Rochester: Post-bacc Pre-health Program
- University of Rochester School or Medicine and Dentistry: MS Degree in Medical Pharmacology
- Albany College of Pharmacy and Health: Master’s in Biomedical Sciences
- University at Buffalo, The State University of New York: Master of Arts in Biological Sciences/ Natural Sciences Interdisciplinary MS/ Special Master’s Program SMP in Biological Sciences
- The City College of NY: The Program in Pre-medical Studies
- SUNY College at Old Westbury: Post-bacc Pre-medical Studies
- Syracuse University: MS In Biomedical Forensic Sciences
- NY Medical College: Basic Medical Sciences Interdisciplinary Program: Traditional Track / Accelerated Track
- New York University: Post-bacc Pre-health studies Program
- Purchase College SUNY: Pre-medical Studies
- Manhattanville College: Post-bacc Pre-health Professions
- Hofstra University: Post-bacc Pre-medical program/Certificate
- Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai: MS in Biomedical Sciences / Master of Science in Clinical Research / Certificate in Clinical Research Training
- Farmingdale State College: Certificate in Sciences for Health professions
- Fordham University: Post-bacc Pre-medical/ Pre-health Program
- Cornell University: Post-bacc Program in Health Studies
- : Post-bacc Pre-medical Program / Institute of Human Nutrition – Columbia offers support in medical school applications
- Adelphi University: Certificate in Basic Sciences for Health Professions
- Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine: MS in Interdisciplinary Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences
- Marymount Manhattan College: Biology Post-Baccalaureate Program
- NYU School of Medicine’s Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences: Masters in Biomedical Informatics
- SUNY Upstate Medical University: MedPrep Academic Enhancement MS in Medical Technology
- UNC at Greensboro: Post-bacc Pre-med Program
- North Carolina State University: Physiology Graduate Program
- Wake Forest: Post-Baccalaureate Pre-medical program
- Guilford College: Post-bacc Pre-Health Program
- Duke University School of Medicine: Master of Biomedical Sciences – this is a masters program that allows you to take master’s level courses at times with medical students which can support your application as they can compare your performance to current medical students. This can be positive should you do well and negatively if you struggle.
- Meredith College: Pre-Health Post-bacc Certificate Program
- University of Toledo, Health Sciences Campus: MSBS in Medical Sciences
- University of Cincinnati College of Medicine: Special Master’s Program in Physiology/ Master’s in Pharmacology with emphasis on Preclinical & Clinical Drug Safety
- Kent State University: Master of Public Health
- Case Western Reserve University: Master of Science in Medical Physiology / Master of Science in Applied Anatomy / MS in Medical Physiology / Masters of Science in Pathology / Master’s in Bioethics/ Master of Science in Nutrition
- Cleveland State University: Post-bacc Program
- John Carroll University: Pre-medical Post-bacc Program
- The Ohio State University: MEDPATH Post Baccalaureate Program
- Northeastern State University: Post-bacc Pre-health Certificate Program / Post-bacc Pre-medical
- Oregon State University: Post-bacc Pre-med Program
- Northwest Native American Center of Excellence: Wy’east Post-Baccalaureate Pathway
- University of Oregon: Postbac Premed Program
- West Chester University: Pre-Medical program
- Chatham University – Master of Arts in biomedical studies
- University of Pennsylvania: Pre-health program
- University of Pittsburgh: Biomedical Masters Program
- Thomas Jefferson University: Post-bacc Pre-professional program
- Temple University School of Medicine: Advanced Core in Medical Science Post Bacc Pre-medical program
- Temple University School of Medicine: Basic Core in Medical Science Post Bacc Pre-medical program
- Rosemont College: Post-bacc Pre-medical program
- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine: Biomedical Sciences Program
- LaSalle University: Post-bacc Pre-medical certificate program
- Duquesne University: Post-bacc Pre-medical program
- Lehigh University: Healthcare Systems Engineering
- Chatham University: Master of science in Biology (non-thesis)
- Bryn Mawr College: Post-bacc Premedical Program – provide support for medical school application and has medical school application success of 90%
- Drexel University College of Medicine: Interdepartmental Medical Science Program / Pathway to Medical School Program (DPMS) / Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Program (IHS) / Masters of Biological Studies / Evening/Online Post-bacc Pre-medical program / Master of Medical Science. Pathway to medicine focuses on students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds or underrepresented backgrounds• Temple University College of Science and Technology: Advanced Sciences in Health
- Professions / Basic Core Sciences for Health Professions
- Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine: Master of Biomedical Sciences
- Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine: Health Sciences Post Baccalaureate Program/ Masters of Medical Science
- Ponce Health Sciences University: Master in Science in Medical Sciences
- Providence College: Pre-Health Professions Certificate
- Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School: Certificate in Medical Science and Master of Science in Medical Sciences
- Johnson & Wales University: Pre-medical and Pre-health professions certificate
- University of South Carolina School of Medicine: Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Studies
- Medical University of South Carolina: Master of Science in Medical Sciences
- Furman University: Master of Science in Community Engagement Medicine
- South Dakota State University: Human Biology
- Lipscomb University: Bio-molecular Science
- Lincoln Memorial University: Master of Science Degree with Majors relevant to Medical Education
- Carson-Newman College: Post-bacc Program
- Vanderbilt University: Master’s Program in Biomedical Sciences
- University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine: Master of Biomedical Sciences
- University of North Texas Health Science Center: Biomedical Science Graduate Program
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center: Graduate Medical Sciences, MS in Biomedical Sciences
- University of Vermont: Post-bacc Pre-medical Program/ Master of Medical Science
- Bennington College: Post-bacc Pre-medical Program
- Virginia Commonwealth University: Pre-Medical Graduate Certificate Program
- University of Virginia: Post-bacc Pre-medical Program
- Eastern Virginia Medical School: Medical Master’s program (one or two-year options) / Contemporary Human Anatomy Program (CHAP)
- Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Campus: Post-Bacc Pre-Med Program
- George Mason University/Georgetown University: Advanced Biomedical Sciences Graduate Certificate Program – Aim of improving medical school applications by offering additional extracurricular options that enhance your CV and provide support with the MCAT and medical school applications
- Liberty University School of Health Sciences: Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
- Liberty University: Master of Art in Medical Sciences
- Hampton University: Medical Science Masters Program• Eastern Mennonite University: Gap year certificate/ biomedicine certificate (1 year)/ master of science in premedicine/ master of science in biomedicine
- George Squared: George Squared Advanced Biomedical Sciences Graduate Certificate
- Seattle University: Post-bacc Pre-medical Program
- Heritage University: Master of Arts in Medical Sciences
- Shoreline Community College: Post baccalaureate Studies for the Health Professions
- West Virginia University: Master of Science in the Health Sciences
- Marshall University: Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences with an Area of emphasis in Medical Sciences
- University of Wisconsin- Madison: Center for Patient Partnerships/ Cytotechnology Certificate
1. I have not considered medicine when I started college but now would like to pursue it. What post bacc programs would be best suited to me?
Many med school applicant do not consider medicine early on. Career changer programs cater to those who consider medicine later in their academic journey and provide additional supports in MCAT preparation and medical school applications. You can filter to career changers on the AAMC portal to get a list of career changer programs.
2. How long are post bacc programs?
Post bacc programs are between 12 and 24 months in length. It depends on the program and credits needed for completion. If you want to apply to medical school in the upcoming cycle, it may be best to consider a 12 month program to limit the delay in applying to and beginning medical school.
3. How much do post bacc programs cost?
Costs vary tremendously between programs. Some cost over $800 per credit whereas others quote $10 000 to $15 000 per term. It will depend on the program's length, fees, and other related costs.
4. Are there online post bacc programs?
Yes, there are online post bacc programs. This may provide additional flexibility in attending to your personal life including work demands and childcare needs.
5. What are the application requirements for post bacc programs?
The application requirements vary between programs. Most require a GPA of at least 2.5 although some may be as high as 3.3. Some programs require students to have written the DAT, MCAT or GRE and score at least in the 40th to 50th percentile. Some require CASPer prior to acceptance whereas others require a personal statement.
Others have residency limitations and may have preferential admission for in-state students. Many do not accept international applicants. For full requirements, it is best to look at the specific school you are interested in.
6. I have an interest in becoming a clinician scientist. Are there post bacc programs that can help me gain research experience?
Yes, there are a variety of graduate programs, some of which are thesis based. These will provide opportunities to do research. They are great choices if your goal is to enhance the non-academic components of your medical school application. There may also be programs that allow you to collaborate with clinician scientists and explore your future career journey.
7. I have to work due to financial obligations. Are there part-time post bacc programs?
There are part-time programs that allow students to support themselves and their families. Some programs also offer financial support should this be a barrier to completing a program. You can search for part time programs on the AAMC portal.
8. There is a medical school I want to attend. Should I also complete my post bacc program at the same school?
Completing your post bacc program at the same school you want to attend can help with your medical school application, as you will know what the medical school expects of its applicants. Some programs also allow students to study side by side with medical students. This will give you opportunities to network with the faculty and learn more about the program that can aid your application to medical school. However, you can also apply to other post bacc programs especially if they fit your interest or meet your needs better.
9. I am interested in a professional program, but it's not medical school. Are post bacc programs open to me?
Yes, post bacc programs provide support for a variety of professional programs including medicine, dentistry, veterinarian or nursing school. Various programs gear towards academic enhancement, disadvantaged groups or career changers to best support students attain their career goals. Most focus on medicine, given the high prevalence of students aiming to apply to medical school, however, improved non-academic skills and GPA can enhance applications to any professional program. Some specify that they cater to various professional programs whereas other focus on medical school. Check out programs that you are interested in for more information.
10. What is my likelihood of being accepted to medical school following the completion of the post bacc program?
Most schools report 50-100% acceptance to medical school although it is unclear if the students were accepted into their first choice program. This is likely due to improvement in applicants' academic and non-academic components including the GPA and MCAT score, and enhanced shadowing, volunteer and research experiences.